2012 Professional Company Productions
Proteus and Valentine, best friends from childhood, travel to the court of the Duke of Milan where they will be educated in the ways of the world. Dazzled by the beauty and sophistication of the city, the young men’s friendship is put to the test when both fall in love with the Duke’s daughter, Silvia. Shakespeare blends hilarity and tenderness in this examination of the transformative power of love: love at first sight, love between friends, infatuation, and the path to lasting love.
Young love, with a 1950’s rock ‘n’ roll twist. And a dog. Paul Barnes directs; Jack Forbes Wilson (GRSF’s “Comedy of Errors”) provides musical adaption.
Lear wishes to step down from his long rule as King of ancient Britain. In so doing, the aging ruler succumbs to his own pride, which blinds him to the truth. Poor judgment hurtles Lear into a psychological storm of cataclysmic proportions, while nature rages about him, pushing him to the brink of sanity. GRSF’s namesake playwright at the height of his power brings to bear issues of love, loyalty, cruelty, and redemption.
GRSF tackles Shakespeare’s great tragedy with Jonathan Gillard Daly in the title role. James Edmondson, Associate Artist at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival directs.
Watch the hysteria unfold when three actors get together and challenge themselves to perform all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays. For those who feel Shakespeare’s too serious or too high falutin’, or for anyone who wants two hours of sheer belly laughs.
Melissa Rain Anderson (“The Fantasticks,” GRSF, 2011) returns to direct Christopher Gerson, Chris Mixon, and Brian White in this knock-down, drag-out farce.
Helena, a beautiful young woman travels to the court of the King of France where she employs healing powers inherited from her father to cure the ailing king. In return, the King of France offers Helena her choice of any eligible young man in the realm in marriage. Helena chooses Bertram, a young nobleman whom she has known and loved since childhood. Bertram, appalled by this sudden arranged marriage to a commoner, flees the court and goes to war. “All’s Well That Ends Well” follows the travels and travails of the young couple on their individual journeys of faith, faithlessness, and faithfulness. GRSF’s Apprentices and Interns tackle Shakespeare’s comedy of young love put to the test of time.